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Kitt Peak is celebrating sun Sept. 13

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Posted: Tuesday, September 8, 2009 11:00 pm | Updated: 1:33 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

Kitt Peak is holding a special program to discover "more about the star that is most important to everyone's lives – the sun."

Its "Sun-Day" program starts at 11 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13. Kitt Peak National Observatory, which has the world's largest collection of optical telescopes, is 56 miles southwest of Tucson, in the Schuk Toak district on the Tohono O'odham Nation.

Adults and families can learn about the sun — what it is, how it works, and how to safely observe it in action. Tours of the world's largest solar telescope and direct observation of the sun itself highlight the program. Hands-on activities are featured, and people can learn to make their own eclipse viewing boxes.

Reservations are mandatory by Friday, Sept. 11, by calling 318-8726. A $10 non-refundable deposit is required if not canceled prior to 24 hours.

Costs are $30 for members, $35 for non-members, and include a box lunch and class materials/handouts.

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